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Our History

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1885: The University is Founded

It was in 1885 that the Thirteenth Territorial Legislature founded The University of Arizona with an appropriation of $25,000

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1964: Expansion into Southern Arizona

Course and program offerings date to a time before the establishment of Cochise Community College in Douglas in 1964.

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1984: Technology Connects

In fall 1984, Fort Huachuca was electronically connected to classrooms on the Tucson Campus via a direct microwave transmission

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1988: Services Grow

The Sierra Vista Program Center was made an official Off-Campus Center by the Arizona Board of Regents beginning fall 1988.

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1995: Officially a Branch Campus

On March 9, 1995, the Arizona Board of Regents voted unanimously to designate the Sierra Vista Campus as an official branch campus

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1999: A New Name & Building

Several important developments occurred in 1999. In April, the Arizona Board of Regents approved a new name

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2002: Partnerships Flourish

In the fall of 2002, UA South began a new partnership with the East Campus of Pima Community College and the Vail School District.

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2003: Focussing on Regional Needs

During the summer of 2003 UA South’s faculty received authority from the Arizona Board of Regents to develop and implement curriculum and degree programs

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Today: The Mission Continues

UA South is the University of Arizona’s branch campus and college headquartered in Sierra Vista with multiple locations throughout southern Arizona.

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